Most Sundays at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, I lead the Singing Praise. The congregation is standing, having just joined in the Call to Worship, and a member comes forward to light the chalice. At that moment, I sing something, and the congregation sings it back. There’s nothing to read or hold on to, but if you’re looking up, and your ears are open, success is pretty much guaranteed. Why would that be a good thing? Because not everyone in the congregation can read. Because folks come to church seeking connection, and standing together, singing together, being awake and responding together connects us to one another faster than anything else I know. Kids can do it, grownups can do it, and over the last eight or nine years of all of us doing it, I’ve noticed that we all sing more confidently.
If you’re in the bay area, come by and sing it sometime. Summer worship starts at 10 a.m.
And if you’re wondering what Unitarian Universalist means, check this out.